Jan 222013

Job FairDevens, MA- State Representative Sheila C. Harrington (R-Groton), the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the One-Stop Career Centers of Massachusetts will be hosting a local job fair at the Devens Common Center in Devens, MA on January 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. With more than 50 local companies hiring for over 400 positions, the Nashoba Valley Job Fair will be the largest the Nashoba Valley region has ever seen. (View or download the list of participating companies.)

“I wanted to do something to connect local businesses to those who are looking for work,” said Rep. Harrington, whose office is directing the planning of the event. “My district has a slightly lower unemployment rate than the state average, but the middle class is still hurting here. I hope the Job Fair will be able to provide them with good career opportunities.”

Employers are looking to hire for positions in more than 20 industries, including manufacturing, health care, financial services, and retail & food service. Initially, a smaller event consisting of about 25 companies was planned, but as interest in the Job Fair grew rapidly, the scope of the event expanded.

“When companies from as far away as Rhode Island started asking about the Job Fair, we realized we had to reach out to some other organizations in the area for support,” said Melissa Fetterhoff, President of the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce. “The North Central Career Center, and the Career Center of Lowell have been a huge help in recruiting even more employers and job-seekers for the event.” The North Central Career Center and the Career Center of Lowell will also be providing a free resume critique service for job seekers.

The event is a good example of bi-partisan cooperation for the benefit of the people of the region.

“I asked Representatives Arciero (D-Westford) and Benson (D-Lunenburg), and Senators Donoghue (D-Lowell) and Eldridge (D-Acton) to get involved to ask businesses in their districts to participate. The response has been great,” Harrington said. “There isn”t a less partisan issue than that of doing what we can to help our out-of-work constituents find jobs.”

Registration is still open for job seekers, employers, and sponsors at NashobaValleyJobFair.com.

Workers” Credit Union, MassDevelopment, The Highlands: Life Care Centers of America, and The Law Offices of Susan M. Edgett are graciously helping to offset the costs of the Nashoba Valley Job Fair by sponsoring the event.